Civil War Medicine

Today is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. The war is significant to the history of medicine because of the advances made in medicine during the conflict.

Also of significance are the institutions which were founded in the Civil War’s aftermath: the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and the Index Catalogue of the Surgeon-General’s Office, the pre-cursor to the modern MEDLINE.

The National Library of Medicine offers a couple of Civil War exhibits:
Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War (2011)
Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine (2010)